Leeds Alternative Comics Fair back in March

The second Leeds Alternative Comics Fair takes place on the 19th March 2011, 12 noon-6pm, at A Nation of Shopkeepers bar (behind Leeds City Art Gallery). Steve Tillotson (banal pig comics) and Hugh “Shug” Raine (REET! Comics) are again to organise the event.

 “We were very pleased with the way the first fair went last September and it seemed that the exhibitors, visitors and the venue were all happy, so we have decided to keep the format largely the same,” says Steve. “The fair will keep its intimate scale and we are pleased that the majority of the creators we chose last time will again be selling their creations.

As before, the event will focus on creators from the North: from the North East will be Gary Bainbridge, Andrew Waugh and Ben Clark, from Manchester will be Adam Cadwell and new to the fair will be John “Scary Go Round” Allison from Oldham. Everyone else is from Leeds and West Yorkshire: Steve Tillotson and Hugh Raine, Helen “Memo” Entwisle, Krystina Baczynski, Geof “Fetishman” Banyard, Dr Simpo, the Black Dogs collective and another newcomer to the fair, Huw “Lem” Davies. The only exception is Gareth Brookes who, although from London, is an honorary Northerner for the day!

 The event promises to be a fun, relaxed environment in which comics fans and the uninitiated can browse and buy comics direct from the creators, without entry fees or table costs and we’re sure A Nation of Shopkeepers will again be the perfect venue. It also hosts the “Doodle Booze” drink and draw events run by OK Comics and is a popular gig venue that holds up to 850 people, with great food and drink.”

• Leeds Alternative Comics Fair, 12 noon – 6.00pm, Saturday 19th March 2011, A Nation of Shopkeepers, the bar behind Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (Google Place Map here). Admission Free. Web: http://leedsalternativecomics.wordpress.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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